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Union Bullying in Las Vegas

Culinary Workers Local is going after nonprofit groups doing business with non-union Station Casinos.

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Patrick Richardson

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May 18, 2012 - 12:00 am
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Joecks said this is par for the course for this particular union, which is affiliated with UNITE HERE and the AFL-CIO:

For years the Las Vegas Culinary Workers Union has wanted to unionize Station Casino properties. Instead of having secret ballot elections, which Station has said they would not oppose, Culinary Union bosses want to take away secret ballots from all Station workers and organize using card check. Union bosses love organizing by card check, because it allows them to target, harass and intimidate workers into signing a piece of paper, instead of having to win a secret ballot election.

From protesting during a fundraiser for a local Catholic school to trying to intimidate the Tony Hawk Foundation, Culinary Union bosses show that their real interest is in power for themselves, even if it means disrupting events that are trying to raise money to help needy children.

You can see this attitude in their letter when the Culinary union boss Geoconda Arguello-Kline writes, “We expect a response from you within the next ten days.” It’s outrageous for a union boss to try and make an organization dedicated to serving underprivileged children a pawn in the union’s attempt to take away the secret ballot from workers.

PJM attempted to contact both Arguello-Kline and another union official referenced in the letter, Maya Homes, for comment, but calls were not returned.

It is possible, of course, that the list of offenses referenced in the letter — including spying on workers and wrongful termination — were committed by Station Casinos. It would be far from the first time employers overstepped their bounds.

However, that has nothing to do with the Tony Hawk Foundation and its work, nor with the Catholic school that held its fundraiser there. It appears to be just one more attempt by a union to force its agenda on an employer and employees who may not be interested.

If Culinary Workers Union, Local 226 is truly interested in the wishes of workers at Station Casinos, they should agree to a free, fair, and secret ballot, not attempt to bully organizations which are not involved.

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Patrick Richardson has been a journalist for almost 15 years and an inveterate geek all his life. He blogs regularly at www.otherwheregazette.com, which aims to be like another SF magazine, just not so serious.
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